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Food of Love

Episode 4 of 6

Comedy. Will has invented a musical and needs help from the greatest songwriter of the age: Thomas Morley. However, success looks far from guaranteed.

Will Shakespeare takes it badly when everybody tells him his new play about two sets of identical twins separated at birth and given the same names is rather far-fetched, until he hits on a sure-fire way to stop any audience minding when the plot gets really ridiculous - make it a musical. In fact, he is going to make it the first ever musical! And to really guarantee a hit he wants to use the songs of Thomas Morley, a rocking, rolling, madrigal-composing, tax-avoiding Tudor music legend. But what with Morley's ego and the sabotaging efforts of Will's deadly rival Robert Greene, success looks far from guaranteed.

Meanwhile, back in Stratford, Will's dad John is determined to get Will to use his new-found writing fame to make the Shakespeare family properly posh, which is turning out to be rather a big ask.

30 minutes


Role Contributor
Will Shakespeare David Mitchell
Condell Dominic Coleman
Thomas Morley Noel Fielding
Kit Marlowe Tim Downie
John Shakespeare Harry Enfield
Lucy Jocelyn Jee Esien
Kydd Mark Phoenix
Robert Greene Mark Heap
Kempe Spencer Jones
Susanna Shakespeare Helen Monks
Bottom Rob Rouse
Burbage Steven Speirs
Anne Shakespeare Liza Tarbuck
Kate Gemma Whelan
Mary Shakespeare Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare Joe Willis
Spencer Andrew Bicknell
Nashe Simon Coleman
Writer Ben Elton
Director Richard Boden
Producer Gareth Edwards
Executive Producer Chris Sussman